Shirley Ann Watson

My mother died last night comfortably in her sleep after a sudden illness. We flew to Chicago from New York early Sunday morning to be with her. Bailey jumped out of her black Sherpa bag that she travels in right onto my mom’s stomach. TPS getting to hold her hands to comfort her. Oh how she loved them both. We got several hours with her before the morphine and other drugs put her into a restful, almost twilight-ish sleep. Her last words as she held my arms tightly as I stroked her head, were ‘I love you’ as she looked right into my eyes. The hospice nurses could not have been more lovely and caring and warm, to both my mom and to my family. This photo from her 90th birthday a few years ago. She always had such style. Rest In Peace mom, I know dad was anxiously waiting in the heavens for you…

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  1. I was so sorry to check on your blog on Feedly after the holidays and find your sad news. It is a blessing you got to be with her as she passed onto her eternal life. May all the good memories you shared comfort you and keep them close. God bless her and you.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss and I’m thankful you were able to tell her good bye.

  3. Oh Ted, I am so very sorry!!!
    Our Mothers are so precious to us, and losing them is so painful.

    Having lost my mother at age 92 a year ago, I know exactly the bedside experience you described.
    I’m so glad you were able to get to her.

    Your picture is lovely. Cherish the memories!!!!

    Your friend in Olympia,
    Linda Olson

  4. my heart to yours Ted. she stayed beautiful her whole life! both inside and out. bless you two Teds and little Bailey.
    thank goodness you had time with her and could say goodbye.

  5. I am so sorry for your lose. By looking at the picture of your mother you posted, I can see where you get your sense of style. So glad you were able to be with her.
    Fond regards from California
    Linda Cunha

  6. I’m so sorry to read this, Ted. What a blessing that you were able to be with her. All God’s blessings to you, as well as comfort and courage for the time ahead. ~Sabrina

  7. So sorry for your loss but what a gorgeous vibrant woman in this pic – and over 90!? What a life she had. My grandmother used to say that to go quietly in your sleep was a great reward for a life well lived.

  8. I was so sorry to hear this news. Your picture is a treasure just as your Mother was and your memories of her still are. I know the feeling, having lost my Mother at the age of 103 1/2. It is an emptiness that you knew would be there some day but your were never really ready for. How wonderful that you had your Mother for so many years. Be strong and cherish your memories.

  9. Melissa Hebbard

    I am so sorry for the loss of your precious mother, but what a beautiful way to go. She had those who she loved close, holding her and showering her in a bath of love, she was able to tell you that she loved you, and after 90 plus years, was able to leave this world peacefully. A perfect passing. Thinking of you all.

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